Graffiti Heart Pillow

Graffiti Heart Pillow

Today’s Harry Potter quilt pieces are being postponed.  Partly because I’m still waiting for my vinyl to show up, and partly because I have another project to share with you.  This one’s got a tutorial to it as well!  Prepare yourself for lots of pictures.

You see, about a week or so ago, I was invited to participate in a mystery Valentines box challenge.  I would be sent a package full of goodies, and then I would make something fun with them.  I have to tell you, I’m always up for a challenge – especially a mystery challenge!  So… what was in the box?  Well, let me show you!

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I receive a bottle of Tulip soft matte paint (in steel and raspberry),  Tulip Slick Dimensional Fabric Paint in deep red, 3 stencils, Tulip Stencil spray, Aleena’s fabric adhesive sheets, Aleena’s Fabric Fusion Glue, a pillow cover, a paint roller, and some ruffles.

There was also a sweet note with some candies and tea from Laura Kelly, who organized the mystery challenge.  It was a welcome side kick to my little project.

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The drippy paint heart screamed right out at me, as did the steel and raspberry paints.  I just happened to have a pillow that was the right size for the pillow case, and so  I gathered up my supplies (plus some fabric from my currently growing stash), and got to work painting and embellishing!

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First, I prepared the stencil by spraying it with some of the stencil spray.

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While that was drying, I painted the front of the pillow a splotchy grey.  I used the roller to get some larger splotches, and then went over roughly with a brush to fill out the lighter areas.

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Next up was applying the stencil.  I really liked the stencil spray – it helped keep the stencil in place while I was pouncing, and it didn’t leave any sticky stuff behind.

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I thought it would be cool to add some dimensional paint around the edges of the drippy bits.  I just followed down the edges at variable lengths and filled in the end of the curve.  I like it, although it could also look a bit like the heart is bleeding and not just drippy spraypaint.  I’m ok with that though!

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Next up: adding the fabric from my stash.  I really wanted to try out the fabric adhesive sheets, so I thought I’d add some triangular bits to the corners.  I started by cutting out an 8″ square, and then cut that into equally sized triangles by cutting from corner to corner.

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To cut the sheets to size, I started by cutting the top of the triangle, and then filling in the bottom corners.

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Here’s a tip!  Make sure to clean out your rotary cutter if you’re using it to make your cuts – I had some of the glue get caught and I had to take it apart to remove the gunk.  It cleaned up pretty well, but I can imagine that it would be a pain in the neck if I had left it there till later to clean out.

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When applying the corners, I placed one of the small corners first and then peeled the big corner out as I went along.  I tried to remove the backing for the whole sheet at once, and it got stuck together.  No good!  So I ended up peeling that glue off and using another sheet.

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I didn’t make sure the edges of the fabric and the glue lined up perfectly – but I’m ok with that!  I expect a little bit of fraying to occur, which will enhance the overall look.

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And that’s it!  It was actually a pretty simple and quick project.  I managed to get it done in under an hour.

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Right now the pillow case is sitting on our bed.  Clearly, as you can see, I’m in need of more pillows.

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Kaylee doesn’t mind though.  She just thinks I’m crazy for crawling all over the place to get a good photo.  As long as I leave her alone in her corner (which happens to be right near the heater), it doesn’t matter to her how many pillows we have!

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Thanks for stopping by!  I’ll be back tomorrow with the weekly link party.  Also – I got an awesome game in this weekend that I want to share with you if for no other reason than the craftsmanship is astonishing.

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